Two of every five high school seniors receiving acceptance letters this spring will drop out of the Georgia public colleges they enroll in next fall rather than graduating some time in the next six years, according to state figures.

That 59-percent graduation rate prompted the Board of Regents that governs the state’s public schools through the University System of Georgia to create a task force. Not willing to delegate the issue to staff, regents Willis Potts, Larry Ellis and Felton Jenkins are meeting individually with every college president by the end of August.

During the March regents meeting, Potts gave the full board an interim report, publicly scolding some of the presidents the committee had already met and warning those they hadn’t yet.

"We know all the buzz words. There’s not much point in trying to snow us," he said.

The committee aims to push college presidents into devising detailed plans for boosting graduation rates.

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